Updated, 5:45 p.m.: Police have identified the man who was killed as Maurice E. Proctor, 43, of Accokeek. They are searching for the car he is suspected of racing against.
Original post: Prince George’s County police are investigating whether the driver of a Crown Victoria, who crossed a median and was killed overnight in a three-vehicle collision on Indian Head Highway, may have been drag racing before the accident, said Cpl. Evan Baxter, a county police spokesman.
The scene near the intersection with Livingston Road in Accokeek, is close to the site of a 2008 accident that left eight dead when a Crown Victoria plowed into spectators gathered on the highway to watch a street race.
Friday’s fatal crash occurred at about 1:30 a.m. when the Crown Victoria sideswiped a Honda Civic while both were southbound, sending the Crown Victoria across the median and into the path of a northbound tractor trailer which hit it and left the car engulfed in flames, Baxter said.
The driver of the truck was not seriously injured and the Civic driver whose car went into a stand of trees was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The identity of the driver of the Crown Victoria has not yet been released by police.
The highway, which feeds into the Capital Beltway, reopened to traffic at about 6:30 a.m. after being closed for investigators.
Staff writer Matt Zapotosky contributed to this report.
This report has been updated since it was first published.